Books by Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon was born in Worcester, England in 1933. Her father was a doctor and her mother was a writer of commercial fiction under the pen name "Pearl Bellairs." Her parents divorced when she was five, after which her family moved to New Zealand. She live


BEFORE THE WAR by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Interjections of authorial opinion and wit entertain, the occasional appearance of real historical characters (such as Somerset Maugham) lends an air of reality, and the rotten mother is a literary car crash, impossible to go past without staring."
Adela Ripple, last seen in Weldon's Long Live the King (2013), manipulates her daughter and anyone else she can get her hands on in order to preserve her own wealth and status. Read full book review >
THE NEW COUNTESS by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Funnier and nastier than the two earlier volumes but still lukewarm and without much fizz."
Weldon (Long Live the King, 2013, etc.) completes her Edwardian trilogy, a lightweight amalgam of Downton Abbey and her own Upstairs Downstairs, as Lord and Lady Dilberne prepare for a visit from King Edward VII. Read full book review >
KEHUA! by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Scattershot and self-indulgent."
The consequences of a long-ago murder in New Zealand reverberate all the way to England in Weldon's latest (Habits of the House, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
LONG LIVE THE KING by Fay Weldon
Released: May 7, 2013

"Weldon plugs in historic figures like Lord Balfour and Lady Marlborough and some interesting bits of Edwardian social history and manners, but as a work of fiction, this entry is less than compelling."
Weldon's second installment in the Edwardian trilogy (Habits of the House, 2013) again revolves around deciding who is to receive prized invitations, this time to Edward VII's 1902 coronation. Read full book review >
HABITS OF THE HOUSE by Fay Weldon
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"If this all sounds more than a little familiar, it is."
Prolific Weldon borrows heavily from both Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs in her first in a series of three novels about Edwardian Britain, all to come out within the next year. Read full book review >
CHALCOT CRESCENT by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Impressive work from a seasoned cynic. As usual, Weldon's unique voice is the draw."
For her 29th novel, a long-celebrated British-based writer delivers a combined fictional memoir and prescient alternative history. Read full book review >
SHE MAY NOT LEAVE by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2006

"Sly, salty, savvy."
A British doyenne of elegantly savage modern comedies of manners returns to form with a cautionary tale of childcare. Read full book review >
MANTRAPPED by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"So lazy and off-the-cuff that one wonders if the author even bothered to reread her first draft."
Though billed as a novel, this very slight tale of a man and woman who switch souls on a stairway cedes about half its pages to an acerbic continuation of Weldon's recent memoir, Auto da Fay (2003). Read full book review >
THE BULGARI CONNECTION by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Weldon's not exactly challenging herself here, but she's still one of the sharpest, most entertaining novelists around."
A characteristic blend of social and sexual satire from Weldon (Rhode Island Blues, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
RHODE ISLAND BLUES by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

Our preeminent fictional chronicler of the war between men and women takes a break to report on the state of battles between continents, generations, past and present. Read full book review >
A HARD TIME TO BE A FATHER by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Some unevenness, but always bracing and full of zest."
Nineteen new stories from Weldon (Wicked Women, etc.) that, even when fragmentary, sizzle with intellectual energy and acerbic wit. Read full book review >
BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Weldon's clever comparisons of yesterday's mores to today's spice up this bubbling feminist brew, offering a study of the costs and consequences of the idealistic life that is sharp, funny, and all too true."
Four angry young 1970s women form a feminist publishing house in London only to find their own ambition no less virulent than men's—in Weldon's (Wicked Women, 1997, etc.) wry and witty examination of where feminism went wrong and, occasionally, right. Read full book review >
NOBODY LIKES ME! by Fay Weldon
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"The happy ending, with overdue warmth between mother and child, rings true, despite the confusing set up, and Mu§oz provides raucous illustrations of parties to which every child would want to be invited. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In her first book for children, Weldon (Wicked Women, p. 417, etc.) tells the story of an angry young fellow: Rex tears up a party invitation, snarls at his mother, and splashes his sister before taking refuge under his bed. Read full book review >
WICKED WOMEN by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Though the stories date from as far back as 1972, and in one or two cases their age shows, there are far more hits than misses in this unsentimental education in the war between the sexes."
The antagonists who populate these 20 stories are indeed very wicked (no surprise to readers of Weldon's 21 novels, including Worst Fears, 1996), but they're not always women. Read full book review >
WORST FEARS by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Revenge exacted con brio by one of Weldon's most feisty wronged women yet."
Weldon, chronicler extraordinaire of the war between the sexes (Splitting, 1995, etc.), is back, this time to give us a wickedly funny take on widowhood as an aggrieved woman gleefully avenges herself on both the living and the dead. Read full book review >
SPLITTING by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Weldon in top form. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A darkly comic portrait of one woman's shattering response to divorce: the latest from an author rightly celebrated for writing witty cautionary tales about the contemporary sexual jungle (Trouble, 1993, etc.). ``It is my belief that we are suffering from a perforated personality,'' says Angelica, lying on her bed at London's Claridge's Hotel, and her other personalities—Jelly, Angel, and Lady Rice—all agree. Read full book review >
TROUBLE by Fay Weldon
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Not Weldon's best, then, but bracing stuff nonetheless."
Weldon's latest satiric bauble about a marriage on the rocks (Life Force, 1992, etc.). ``We're all Serbs and Croats and Bosnians at heart,'' says the pregnant Annette Horrocks, and then goes on to describe a news photo she saw of several young men sawing through someone's neck in the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >
MOON OVER MINNEAPOLIS by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"She's still one of the funniest, smartest iconoclasts around."
This wild and tonic assortment of tales arrives like a flotilla escorting the author's new novel, Life Force (see above), though many of the stories included originally appeared in British and American women's magazines like Lear's and Elle. Read full book review >
LIFE FORCE by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"The rest is great fun: Virginia Woolf with a pineapple on her head and no problem with sex at all."
Weldon's kicking up her heels again, and raising great, intoxicating clouds of dust, in this delectable new novel written all around the theme of infidelity. Read full book review >
DARCY'S UTOPIA by Fay Weldon
Released: March 1, 1991

Another act of literary terrorism from British satirist and live-wire Weldon (The Cloning of Joanna May, 1989, etc.), only this time far more wide-ranging and rabidly polemic than even before. Read full book review >
LEADER OF THE BAND by Fay Weldon
Released: June 19, 1989

This cheeky little novel reads like a postcard from Weldon gone on holiday, frolicking with fiction, dashing off diatribes on everything from cosmology to sex. Read full book review >
POLARIS And Other Stories by Fay Weldon
Released: Aug. 1, 1985

In a sense, this is an extremely representative collection by British feminist/cynic Weldon (see above), for it shows her at her hauntingly subtle best, and sledgehammer worst. Read full book review >